Politics in Francophone Africa

Politics in Francophone Africa

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The fourteen countries in west and equatorial Africa that formed the heart of what was once France's African colonial empire all independent now for more than four decades still retain French as an official language, remain attached to French culture, and maintain political links with France. Each country, however, has developed its own distinctive brand of politics. Victor Le Vine traces the political evolution of these countries, exploring the elements that have shaped their particular political dynamics while allowing them to remain part of a unique francophone sociopolitical community. Le Vine's provocative discussion of topics ranging from the colonial context, political culture, and religion to "redemocratization," informal politics, and international relations offers a comprehensive, unique perspective on the workings of this relatively little-known group of states.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 425 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 158826551X
  • 9781588265517
  • 1,853,158

About Victor T. Le Vine

Victor T. Le Vine is professor emeritus of political science at Washington University in St. Louis.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Contexts. The Human and Geographical Contexts of Politics. The Colonial Context. Political Life and Institutions, 1944 1960. Society and Politics. Political Cultures. Ideology and Political Style: The Uneasy Marriage of Thought and Action. Ethnicity, Religion, and National Politics. Structures, Processes, and Power. Experiments in Power, 1958 2003. Redemocratization. Rulers and Leaders. In the Shadow of the State: The Domain of Nonformal Politics. Connections. Francophone Africa in the Global Arena. Appendix. Basic Political Data on the Fourteen States.show more

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"A fresh and sweeping survey of... the fourteen countries of Francophone Africa. An excellent book. Mathurin C. Houngnikpo, African Studies Review "A masterful examination of much neglected Francophone countries of West Africa.... Both erudite and accessible." Richard Peck, Africa Today "Magisterial in analytic reach and encyclopedic in coverage.... Highly recommended". Choice "An exceptionally well-informed perspective on one of the most intriguing 'regions' of the continent." James F. Barnes, Appalachian State University "A masterly analysis.... Le Vine not only provides important insight into the politics of some very understudied countries, but also makes a highly persuasive case for recognizing what is distinctive about the political experiences of those countries with a French colonial background." Leonardo Villalon, University of Florida"show more